Smackdown Books 2018

Wolf Hollow
Salt to the Sea
The Serpent King
Optimists Die First
The Hate U Give
Orphan Island
Dan vs. Nature
The Female of the Species
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Paper Girls, Vol. 1
The Passion of Dolssa
The Distance Between Us
When We Collided
Louis parmi les spectres
Girl in the Blue Coat
Defy the Stars

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Night Gardener blooms, while Glory was less-than glorious.

While Glory had a certain charm and sounded like a novel with promise, the premise fell flat, turned out to be a bit too hard to buy into.  The characters lacked sufficient depth to draw us in.  This futuristic Glory story also lacked the broader appeal and teachableness of The Night Gardener.

The Night Gardener is a gothic tale that was both light-handed and mystical enough to be enjoyable. The Mystery in the story was revealed in layers, at just the right speed to keep us reading.  The main characters evolve in a way that is both believable and endearing.  While this story is lovely and imaginative, it is also has greater potential to provide the jr. high classroom another novel to be taught and/or enjoyed.  

Therefore, in a unanimous 5-0 nothing victory, the Westminster pick for this round goes to The Night Gardener.


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